High Tide Club
May 7th, 2018 by diane92345

Romance, history, southern charm, friendships, family and secrets swirl in the High Tide Club.

At 99, Josephine is dying on her half of an island off the coast of Georgia. She calls Brooke, an attorney, to help search for her best friends, Ruth, Millie and Varina, from over 80 years earlier. Josephine had a falling out with her friends but now wants to deed her island home to them or their descendants. She also wants Brooke to stop the state from taking her home under eminent domain.

Brooke is a single mother with a 3-year old son and has a past as a runaway bride. She also has plenty of bills that are barely covered by her one-woman law firm. She needs to keep Josephine as a client despite the ethical issues of one of the friends being her grandmother. To setup the trust for Josephine, Brooke asks her old boss and mentor, Gabe, for help.

Alternating between the 1940s and current day, the reason for the friends’ schism and the disappearance of one’s finance is slowly revealed. The High Tide Club is a perfect beach read: light and frothy with a murderous undertow. It is recommended for both mystery, thriller, historical fiction and especially romantic suspense fans. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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The Saboteur
August 22nd, 2017 by diane92345

A wonderfully unique thriller set in Nazi-occupied Norway during World War II. It is nice to see Mr. Gross step out from the shadow of his frequent co-author, James Patterson.

 

The Saboteur is the story of the daring members of the Norwegian resistance during World War II.  Norway has been taken over by the Nazi war machine at the start of the story.  A small band of Norwegian resistance fighters execute a daring plan to get to England.  With training and supplies, the men return to Norway to stop Hitler’s minions from creating an atom bomb.  A crucial ingredient is heavy water, which is only created in a heavily fortified Norwegian factory.  The location is ill suited to Allied bombs so a ground offensive must be attempted.

 

The plot of The Saboteur is based on a true story. It is great to read a fresh take on World War II. The story of the Norwegian resistance is a nice change from all the French resistance stories. I thought the icy, impassable terrain seemed like almost another villain fighting our heroes at every turn.

 

My only concern was how much of this story was fictional. War is hell but Kurt’s romantic issues seem a bit contrived. Still if the reader can suspend belief at times, the action sequences during the allied raids makes this book highly readable. It reads like an action thriller with Brad Pitt as Kurt.

 

I also have to applaud the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini. His accents appeared perfect and helped differentiate the huge number of characters in this novel.  Mr. Ballerini’s excitement while reading is definitely contagious. If possible, get the CD or Audible version to enjoy The Saboteur even more.

 

I received this audiobook in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.

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November 18th, 2015 by diane92345

Excellent WWII Historical Romance.

I really enjoyed this historical romance set during World War II between a first generation Japanese woman and her American boyfriend. It was interesting to learn about the Relocation Centers used solely for people of Japanese descent, regardless of their citizenship status. It is interesting that we did not “relocate” any Germanic Americans. While the twists and turns of the love story are what kept me listening to this book, it also includes a mystery and courtroom drama within its story.

I always listen to audiobooks in the car during my commute to work.  This was the first book that I took inside to finish the last 30 minutes before dinner because I couldn’t wait until the next morning to hear the book’s conclusion.

The narrator was excellent. I could tell who was speaking without difficulty.

I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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